The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
  • The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
  • The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
  • The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
  • The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
  • The Shortest History Of China: From The Ancient Dynasties To A Modern Superpower--A Retelling For Our Times
ISBN: 1615198202
EAN13: 9781615198207
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 28, 2021
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
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For anyone eager to discover the country behind today's headlines, internationally respected sinologist Linda Jaivin distills the complete history of China into a short, smart, entertaining account that charts the Middle Kingdom's tumultuous journey--from ancient dynastic rule to modern superpower status under Xi Jinping.

Once known as the Middle Kingdom, China is a much-storied land, full of heroes and villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses. For centuries, China led the world in science, technology, astronomy, and math. The Chinese invented porcelain, silk, gunpowder, and the magnetic compass, among other things. In the twentieth century, China saw the rise of communism under Chairman Mao and the bloody Cultural Revolution.

China today is just as multifaceted: Depending on what you read, it is an economic powerhouse; a beacon of rapid urbanization and industrialization; a top travel destination filled with cultural and natural beauty; a secretive political state rife with propaganda; one of the globe's worst environmental polluters; an aggressive geopolitical player seeking world domination.

As we enter the Asian Century, China--now considered a modern superpower--increasingly demands our attention. As Nicholas Kristof recently wrote in the New York Times, China is a complex and contradictory Read More chevron_right

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